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Lucky finds
By Red
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Lucky finds

Sep 9, 2010 (edited)

Sometimes the fates smile upon you. Last week I was perusing the book section at one of the local thrift stores when I came upon a set of the trilogy in hardcover. It was a first impression of the Unwin Allen second edition in very good condition. The best part is I picked it up for about 5 pounds. Has anyone else ever been lucky enough to stumble on a similar situation?
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Jan 5, 2013
It appears that somebody has offered £50K for "Tolkien's fireplace", good luck on getting any provenance that it was in the house when the Tolkien's lived there.

I have no reason to think it was

He is still claiming that the postcard, valued at £795 (no indication on who valued it) is by Lin Carter, what an idiot. ... __50k_bid_on_eBay/?ref=nt
Jan 5, 2013
Wasn't it 'Bruce' who offered that amount, and was turned down? I can't find the ebay page at the moment.

The cynical among us might feel that the seller is just using the non-sale of the fireplace to get an item into his local paper. I agree, he's not likely to sell without provenance - which reminds me; is Beren around?
Mar 6, 2013
I'm not sure if this counts as a lucky find but my wife was clearing out some old boxes and found these - ... ienCards1_zps450ca58a.jpg ... ienCards2_zpsa3b0d2c6.jpg ... nJournals_zps177b6e4d.jpg

I remember buying them when a teenager at the same time I bought my first Silmarillion (1977, so I was 16). I even have the original envelopes that came with the cards. I thought they were long gone, lost when we moved house, so I was thrilled when she dug them from the bottom of a box and showed them to me. Now if she can only find my 1978 Silmarillion Calendar that I would have thought was lost at the same time!

P.S. First time posting photos, please let me know if I've done anything wrong.

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Mar 6, 2013
Thanks very much Khamul.
Mar 8, 2013
Anyone nab this one on eBay. I think I was a few minutes too late. ... nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Mar 8, 2013
I'm pretty sure it was listed yesterday at some point. To be honest I don't think the price is that incredible. I mean, if that boxset (which does admittedly look in lovely condition; as do all the books) is a set of later impressions, then it's not that unusual to see it go for £10-20. Ditto The Silmarillion --if it's a reprint then I'm not sure you'd be paying that much for it.

I have a spare one of these (the LotRs boxset that is), if anyone wants it...

Mar 8, 2013
Jlong --you want my spare boxset, don't you?


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Mar 9, 2013
I would certainly be interested in that set as I don't own it, especially for around the price you are offering it or a trade (if I own something you would want).

I could totally be looking in the wrong places, but I'm not sure a lot of these sets are up for sale (regardless of impression) at the moment. I've always really liked the dust jackets. has none: ... TF8&qid=1362796963&sr=8-1 has one: ... TF8&condition=collectible

Abebooks has one: ... l&sortby=17&sts=t&x=0&y=0

I guess it is possible I'm looking at the wrong edition or searching by ISBN is too limited.
Mar 9, 2013
I'm looking to get my hands on this set too. There's a matching Hobbit, Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales too, right? Any others?
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